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The Last Leaf
Transcript of The Last Leaf
"a little district west of Washington Square"
Sue, the friend
Joanna, the sick The Last Leaf O. Henry Point of View Setting The narrator's point of view is written in third person. Most of this story took place in Sue and Joanna's shared apartment. 3) Rising Action:
The ivy leaves fall
Sue asks Mr. Behrman to help
Mr. Behrman complies 5) Falling Action:
Joanna finds hope
She begins to try to regain her health Theme
Hope, Faith and Friendship
Lesson or Moral of the Story:
“Never give up nor lose hope. Always have faith in yourself, in your family, and in the almighty God above.” Advantage: The story is more factual than opinionated.
Disadvantage: Readers do not know exactly what the characters are thinking. William Sidney Porter was born on September 11, 1862, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He changed the spelling of his middle name to Sydney in 1898. His parents were Dr. Algernon Sidney Porter (1825–88), a physician, and Mary Jane Virginia Swaim Porter (1833–65). They were married on April 20, 1858. When William was three year-old his mother died from tuberculosis, and he and his father moved into the home of his paternal grandmother. As a child, Porter was always reading, everything from classics to dime novels; his favorite works were Lane's translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy. This story is about a young lady named Joanna that had fallen ill with pneumonia. She believed, by some crazy notion, that if the last leaf on an ivy vine outside of her window fell, she would die with it. Her friend, Sue, went to ask the help of a local artist, Behrman. He complied, and he painted the scene. When Joanna saw that the leaf was immortal to the storm and the wind, she had hope. She regained her health and her life. Mr. Behrman died of pneumonia. Sue told Joanna of the scene he had painted that saved her life. CHARACTERS Main Characters:
Sudie “Sue” – Protagonist
Joanna “Johnsy” – Protagonist
Mr. Behrman – Protagonist
“Mr. Pneumonia” – Antagonist
The Doctor Sue’s roommate, Johnsy, was sick in the hospital. She was diagnosed with Pneumonia. CONFLICT CLIMAX The doctor told Sue that Johnsy had a one out of ten chance for living, but Sue remained hopeful. Johnsy was determined that she would die when the last leaf of the ivy vine fell. Sue kept on encouraging her, telling her that all she spoke of was nonsense, and that she should just pray for her health to regain. The wind blew hard, and the rain poured, but the last leaf still remained, dangling bravely on the thin, wet branch. Meanwhile, Mr. Behrman, an old painter, poses for Sue’s new sketch. He always talked about his newest masterpiece, but he never manages to finish them all the way. It took Mr. Behrman’s death for Johnsy to remain alive. The last leaf fell when it knew Mr. Behrman has finally done what he has wanted to do all his life. Denouement In the end, Johnsy realized that it was wrong for her to fantasize about her death, and that she should be more hopeful. In a few days, she got well.But, what took Johnsy’s place, was Mr. Behrman, who died because of Pneumonia. Conclusion ANALYSIS The short story “The Last Leaf” portraits two young women named Sue and Johnsy living together in New York. Pneumonia has hit the area they are living in and Johnsy, not being used to the climate - as she is from California, is suffering from the disease. Sue takes on the role as the caretaker of Johnsy. Because Johnsy is terminally ill, she is therefore in need of medical help.